Home Safety Checklist

Unsafe chewables. Don’t let your dog chew on things like leashes, rope, or garden hose, which can cause intestinal obstruction.

Chemicals. Keep all household toxins (bleaches, detergents, disinfectants) well out of reach of your dog—also insecticides, human medications, pool chemicals, paint thinner, and automotive products like antifreeze and radiator fluid. Don’t use chemical cleaning liquids where your dog eats and drinks.

Toxic plants. Many popular household plants can be dangerous, even fatal, to your dog if he decides to sample a leaf. Common culprits are azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera.

Prevent falls. Use baby gates and screens to restrict your dog’s access to high windows and staircases where falls can occur. Invest in non-skid mats for floor areas where your dog often runs; slipping can cause torn ligaments.